Low-Income "single moms" in Israel: Redefining the gender contract

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This article on low-income "one-parent mothers" in Israel is based on 32 in-depth interviews and supportive data from a longitudinal study. Findings problematize scholarly treatments of "single mothers" as a universal category, showing it to be culturally specific and polysemic. It is argued that low-income one-parent mothers embody a central tension in the Israeli male-breadwinner/female-caretaker gender contract, as its initial class bias is exacerbated by the dissolution of marriage. By simultaneously adopting and reformulating the hegemonic schema that frames their femininity as deficient, they expose the dual character of the contract as resistant to change and dynamic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)450-473
Number of pages24
JournalSociological Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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